George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 22 February 1791

From Thomas Jefferson

Feb. 22. 1791.

The Secretary of state having recieved information from Thomas Auldjo, who was appointed Vice consul of the United States at Cowes in Great Britain, that his commission has not been recognised by that government, because it is a port at which no foreign Consul has been yet recieved, and that it has been intimated to him, that his appointment to the port of Poole and parts nearer to that than to the residence of any other Consul of the U.S. would be recognised, and his residence at Cowes not noticed.1

Reports to the President

as his opinion that it would be expedient to nominate Thomas Auldjo to be Vice-consul for the United states at the port of Poole in Great Britain and such parts within the allegiance of his Britannic Majesty as shall be nearer thereto than to the residence of any other Consul or Viceconsul of the United states within the same allegiance.

Th: Jefferson

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW reported the problem regarding Auldjo’s appointment to the Senate on 23 Feb. 1791, nominating him as vice-consul at Poole (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 23 Feb. 1791). The Senate confirmed the appointment on 24 Feb. 1791 (DHFC, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 2:120–21). Jefferson forwarded the commission the same day (Jefferson to Auldjo, 24 Feb. 1791, in Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends 19:319).

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